Los Angeles Rams fans and fantastic managers at Cooper Kupp can breathe easy.
Kupp avoided structural damage when he hurt his right ankle against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Rams head coach Sean McVay announced on Monday that Kupp was suffering from soft tissue swelling, but expects the All-Pro wide receiver to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .
“I think he’ll be fine,” McVay said, by Rams website.
Kupp hurt his ankle during the Rams’ last practice in Sunday’s 31-14 loss. The Rams executed a screen pass for Kupp in the third-and-fourth with less than two minutes remaining in regulation time, and his ankle was injured on the tackle.
The injury left Kupp on the pitch for several moments, raising concerns that it could have been serious.
It was seen after the match walking with a limp and a wrap around his injured ankle. McVay told reporters he was “kicking himself” for calling Kupp’s number instead of throwing the ball on a meaningless play with the outcome of the game already determined.
But Kupp avoided serious damage and could be ready for Sunday’s playoff rematch against the Bucs. The game is critical for both teams as the Rams (3-4) and Bucs (3-5) are already fighting for their playoff lives after meeting in the NFC Divisional Round last season. The Rams beat the defending champion Bucs in a 30-27 thriller en route to their own Super Bowl championship.
Kupp is key to the Rams’ success. After leading the NFL in yards and touchdowns last season, he’s fifth in the league this season with 686 yards and five touchdowns in seven games. He’s the Rams’ only wide receiver with over 300 yards.
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